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Docsheepshead

West End-Lake Vermillion

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Coming from Wisconsin for the first time. Home water is Lake Winnebago. Picking up some friends/kids in Minneapolis and heading up mid-June. Couple of the guys have fished there before but I will have the boat and am trying to familiarize myself with the lake. Looking at map trying to locate fishing holes, structure, danger spots, etc.

Walleyes will be the first target.

I guess we will likely be putting the boat in at The Landing Resort/Restaurant/Bar. Looking for any advice help on avoiding pitfalls and having a rewarding trip.

What are the preferred techniques? Do people anchor and jig, drift, or troll? If trolling, I am assuming the off-shore boards will work fine. Are people trolling crankbaits, crawler harnesses/spinner rigs, or something else? What is the preferred live bait this time of the year? What are the best bait shops in the area? Who makes the best map of the lake?

Any help or even other places I can learn about the lake would be helpful. Trying to organize my rods, tackle, and boat to determine what I need to bring. Any places to avoid so I do not tear up the boat.

Please feel free to share anything that might make our trip more enjoyable including places to eat, visit, etc.

Thanks

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Where do I begin? smile.gif Vermilion is one of the best marked lakes I've been on. If there isn't a hazard bouy or channel markers you should be OK. With a little common sense of course. wink.gif The main channel from one end of the lake to the other is marked well with channel markers and there are even flashing lights on the points of the main channel to help with evening navigation. Most reefs and shallow areas are marked well. Even so, at my parents resort we always get a shredded prop or mangled skag coming back to us each week. Some people just can't grasp the concept that land doesn't stop right where it touches the water. As far as tackle, bait, etc. keeping it quick and simple, worms and leeches will be your main two baits later in the year, and minnows may still be affective. Jigs, spinner baits, and floating lindy's are my top three choices combined with a trolling presentation. As far as the off-shore boards I've never used them and not many do around here. I see them being used on Mille Lacs and Winnie but not so much here. Not sure why, I would guess just because you aren't trolling over such vast areas in search of the eyes. Very rocky conditions in areas and tight trolling patterns (fish schooled up in a smaller hole) may make the boards more of a nuisance than a help. That's just me though. If you're out in Big Bay trying to cover some area then I bet they'd work well. Have fun when you get here and let us know how you did. smile.gif

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